Re: We're stuck with each other

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Mon Jan 21 2002 - 22:06:49 MST

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

> Samantha Atkins wrote:
>>True, but of that six billion I would really surprised if more
>>than 1 in 100,000 originally opts for (or perhaps can afford)
>>uploading or whatever other treatement leads toward immortality.
>>So that would give 60,000 initials, roughly speaking. Hopefully
>>the rest will come around or might after spending enough
>>lifetimes in a VR grokking the alternatives. But since we
>>aren't planning (AFAIK) to force anyone it is not likely that as
>>6-8 billion will go for it immediately.
> Maybe I'm wrong, but I really don't think so. I don't know how many
> people would turn down immortality if you asked them the question
> theoretically at a cocktail party, but ask them for real! - I really do
> think that the refusers will be in a minority.

Problem: until you can demonstrate it, most people think it is being
asked theoretically...and by the time you can demonstrate it, it's
too late for many.

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